Manolín, el Médico de la Salsa represents Cuban Salsa-Timba at its best that makes you dance. You can't help it! The 16 tracks of his new album also show traces of reggaetón, house and rap, and friend of romantic music will also enjoy the listen.
The new annual samplers are here. The list of performing artists is impressive: Luis Miguel del Amargue, Frank Reyes, Yoskar Sarante and many more and on the bachata compilation, Juan Formell y Los Van Van, Issac Delgado und Pupy y Los Que Son Son amongs others on the salsa sampler. Listen to the tracks an get into the mood:
A whole bunch of new Latin CDs has reached our shop: Salsa at its best, pop and also romantic tunes: In 2004, the salsa band N'Klabe released its first album. Here, influences from Puerto Rico, Latin America and the US meet and create fresh salsa. On this album, there are splendid versions of some of the greatest salsa tracks ever:
This is the latest gem by Gilberto Santa Rosa. After having been in the music business for more than 25 years, he still delivers great modern salsa. This album was produced in co-operation with Ricky González, Marc Anthony's pianist, and Louis García. Don't miss out on this one!
The Cuban singer Mayelis Guyat and her band make you dance instantly! Their repertoire includes traditional as well as modern music resulting in a hot mix of salsa and timba, pop, funk hip hop and Latin jazz. This band was founded in Berlin and consists of eight musicians from Germany, Cuba and France. On their CD they also present their own songs which are better than many works of top stars.
On we go with more nonprescription drugs to cure the winter's cold!
This time we got three extremely big Compilations:
Grandes Maestros de la Salsa Live 3 (2 CDs)
What reminds us more of summer than Salsa? - Right: Salsa Live!
Inevitably the flair of park, beach and Festival unfolds. And memories of the big tours of the last summer awake. One which many of you have probably seen live recently is also represented on this sampler: Oscar D'León! But the others definitely don't have to hide behind him: Tito Puente, Rubén Blades, Ray Barretto, Lalo Rodriguez, Adalberto Santiago, Willie Rosario...
What makes these live recordings special, is that they convey even more liveliness than the studio recordings and that a very unique groove is developed between the musicians which often leads to gorgeous solos and improvisations. One (of many) examples is, for instance, "La Hipocresía, La Falsedad" by Adalberto Santiago and Ray Barretto (Track 7 on CD 2). But you'd betterlisten yourself!
Salsa Classics 6 (2 CDs)
"Mira que ironica
es la vida..."
You can't read these words without instantly having in mind the voice of Frankie Ruiz and the melody of his mega hit! Really an absolute classic!
But by far not the only one 'cause after all this CD is named "Salsa Classics".
...Eddie Santiago, Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Marc Anthony, Lalo Rodriguez, Johnny and Jerry Rivera, José Alberto... an there seems to be no end to this top class lineup!
But apart from the fact that all these artists are truly classics, something more catches the eye (or the ear ): this compilation would have deserved a subtitle. It should have been named "Salsa Classics 6 - Salsa Romántica". For almost all songs belong to this genre - maybe with the exception of Oscar D'León's " Mi Mujer es una Bomba".
So: If you like Salsa Romántica you should definitely not miss this compilation!!!
Salsamanía 2 - Platinum Hits (3 CDs)
From Classics to "Platinum".
Here the sound is less romantic but considerably more vigorous - or "dura"!
Well, there remains a little bit of romance, represented by songs of Paquito Guzmán, Eddie Santiago and Victor Manuelle.
But the rest of the time is dedicated to higher pace and dynamic grooves.
The really big songs in my opinion are: "Te veo Nena" from Gran Combo and "Llegó la Orquesta" from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Tracks 2 and 3 on CD1), "Campana Mayoral" by Luisito Carrion & Bongolandia (Track 6, CD1), "Hot Salsa" from La Excelencia (Track 3, CD3), as well as "La boda" from Edwin Clemente and "Campanero" from Papo Pepín (Tracks 11 and 12 on CD 3).
Overall with this CD-Box you get a whopping 205 minutes of pure power! A must for all Salsamaniacs
It's getting cold. It's getting dark. Most of the fruits which some months ago still were juicy and tasteful, are either hard to find or too insipid, too floury or too hard because they were harvested unripe, shipped over tremendous distances and stored for eternities.
Only mandarines taste better now, than in summer but their flavor instantaneously reminds one of Christmas.
Isn't there any chance to take just a little bit of summer with us into the tristesse of the European winter?
The only possibility which comes to my mind is to trust in a more persistent and reliable export hit form the warmer realms on this earth: la música!
And recently we've filled our stock with a couple of CDs brimful with it, which I'am going to present to you in the next blog entries - all of them stuffed with Caribbean rhythms and "con sabor!" guaranteed
Let's start with three Compilations from Guataca Records:
This CD seems to have been made for driving out the cold, whether by obliging you to dance or simply by warming your heart
Under such circumstances Pedro Brull feels like shouting: "¡Agua, que me quemo!" (Track 9).
But things are hotting up from the very beginning, as El Gran Combo make clear with "El Problema está en el Coco", one of the hits of their latest album.
However this vigorous start apparently doesn't intimidate the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Roberto Roena, Edwin Clemente, Willie Sotelo, El Sindicato de la Salsa and all the others who spread heatwaves throughout the rest of this compilation.
Altogether a whole lot of really good salsa from the last years!
Onwards to feverish temperatures we go with Latin Fever!
This compliation is opened again by El Gran Combo - this time with "Esa Mujer".
The selection of songs totally fulfills the claim of the title! For besides classy salsa (represented by Oscar D'León, Jose Alberto "El Canario" and others) there's also merengue (by Rubby Pérez, Peña Suazo and Karis), Mambo, Bogaloo ("Micaela" by Son ora Broadway - a brilliant song!) and even Bachata and Cha Cha Cha!
To prevent complete hyperthermia, subsequently you should go to the "Cuba cafe" and indulge in the "Essential Cuban Son" which is played here. So groovy and laid back at the same time, the son is just perfect to relax 'a lo Cubano'... and now it should have become clear that you don' always have to shake a leg to feel summerly good
"Buena Vista Social Club" took the son to world fame but they are not the only ones who know how to handle Claves, Maracas, Bongos, Guitar and contrabass! Orlando Canto, Sandoval, Max González, Germán Obregon and the others represented on this sampler know how to do it right, too!!!
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce our new colleague, Danel Cove. He has already started to actively support our Danza y Movimiento Team and will be substituting for me when I go on maternity leave in January 2010. We're delighted that Danel has jumped aboard and we're looking forward to the teamwork.
The DVD-series "Legends of..." remembers the Lippmann + Rau festivals between1965 and 1969. The festival casts include names of artists with the highest esteem in their countries and internationally. The recordings made by the German broadcasting companies SWF and WDR in those years during the festivals (camera for Michael Ballhaus) are of extreme cultural value. They often contain the only pictures available of the musicians at that time, documents which cannot be found even in their countries of origin. The DVD-edition won the prize of the "Deutsche Schallplattenkritik" (3/2009) in the category DVD-video-production.